Projects

Le Monde Media Group – Open edX® instance Corporate

Rue89 is a French news outlet belonging to L’Obs-Le Monde media group. Rue89 hired OpenCraft to deploy the first French MOOC about digital journalism. OpenCraft was responsible for the deployment and maintenance of an Open edX instance to host the MOOC, developing a custom theme to match the brand, enabling certificates, and setting up an analytics pipeline on their instance. 

A corporate client hired OpenCraft to develop the Open edX® platform’s Completion API, which provides the often-requested ability to track a learner’s progress through each course by marking learning units as complete. Along with visual indicators developed by edX, this feature helps learners keep track of their progress and allows them to resume their course at the last unit they completed. The Completion API was introduced in the Hawthorn version of Open edX.

OpenCraft led the development work for the Open edX® platform’s Content Library feature, which allows instructors to create a library to build a pool of HTML components, problems, and video components for use in randomized assignments in their courses.

OpenCraft was hired by a client to develop what would become the popular Drag and Drop XBlock V2, a visual exercise where the learner drags items to zones on a target image. OpenCraft was then enrolled by the edX team to integrate the Drag and Drop V2 exercise as a standard problem type in the Open edX® platform and to make it mobile-optimized.

OpenCraft led the development work of the Image Explorer XBlock, a visual course component for the Open edX® platform that prompts learners to explore an image containing hotspots and click the hotspots to display custom content.

EdX hired OpenCraft to develop a large part of Shibboleth and SAML Single Sign-On support for the Open edX® platform, allowing users to authenticate on the platform using a variety of identity providers.

The Australian National University, Australia’s foremost public university, hired OpenCraft to develop a project called the XBlock Reporting Tool. The tool improves reporting functionalities for XBlocks, allowing course instructors to get more data about learners’ responses to problems and to preview and download detailed reports. OpenCraft also provides consulting services as needed for ANU’s in-house deployment of the Open edX® platform.

Harvard Graduate School of Education is one of the top schools of education in the United States. HGSE hired OpenCraft to assist them in deploying a course about change management. We deployed an Open edX instance with a customized theme to match their branding and were contracted for course authoring work. HGSE also had OpenCraft develop and implement a brand-new XBlock for their course called the Diary XBlock, which allows learners to write, save, and edit text for evaluation and feedback. The course was very successful with more than 100,000 enrollments, and the Diary XBlock was very well received.

Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is one of the United States’ foremost public policy and public administration school. HKS hired OpenCraft to deploy and maintain their Evidence for Policy Design Online Learning Platform (EPoDx) based on the Open edX platform. The blended learning platform, utilizing custom data reports from Insights and the Analytics Pipeline, has been a success, bringing evidence-based teaching to thousands of public servants and policymakers so far.

Harvard University hired OpenCraft to develop advanced learning tools for the Open edX® platform through their HarvardX online learning initiative. We developed the Atlas XBlock, a visual tool that aggregates survey results and displays them on a world map. We also rewrote and improved Dalite, a tool for asynchronous peer instruction which identifies discussion arguments for students to revise or defend, enabling peer instruction at scale in online courses.

France Université Numérique (FUN) is the French national platform for promoting the use of massive open online courses, which is based on the Open edX® platform. OpenCraft has helped FUN deliver an adaptive learning project which enabled the use of adaptive learning activities, accessible content, enhanced videos, and real-time interactions in MOOCs. We have also provided support for FUN’s Open edX instance in terms of version upgrades and analytics.

Cloudera is a Silicon Valley company that provides open source-based analytics software and training to data-driven enterprises. OpenCraft was tasked with the deployment, hosting, and maintenance of Cloudera OnDemand, a learning platform based on the Open edX platform. The platform offers specialized courses for developers, analysts, administrators, and aspiring data scientists. OpenCraft also deployed the Open edX Analytics API on the platform as well as Single Sign-On and the iOS mobile app, along with other customization and integration work.

OpenCraft was put in charge of deploying, customizing, and maintaining a large-scale Corporate Academy based on the Open edX platform to deliver online training programs for a worldwide management consulting firm. We implemented several supplemental features on the Academy such as Single Sign-On, Insight analytics, and Mobile Apps. We were also given the task of developing several new features for the platform, resulting in the development of the Chat XBlock, which allows learners to chat with a robot acting as a teacher’s assistant on their mobile phones while in the platform. Finally, we provided the staff with consulting on course authoring with Studio.

Testimonials
“LabXchange is committed to the principles of open source, and so with OpenCraft's deep investment in the development of Open edX, they were an obvious partner for us. OpenCraft not only built the LabXchange platform, but also ensured a close and productive collaboration with the technical team at edX. Among other things, this allowed us to release Blockstore, the next-generation content storage system for the Open edX platform.”
Robert A. Lue, Faculty Director and Principal Investigator
Harvard LabXchange
“OpenCraft's strong collaboration skills, excellence in their craft, and harmonic practices lead to significant contributions that are in consonance with the future direction of the edX platform. They play an instrumental role in the symphonic blend of the Open edX ecosystem, resulting in a profound resonance of the edX mission to provide quality education to the global community.”
Nimisha Asthagiri, Chief Architect
edX
“OpenCraft was a pleasure to work with. They helped through every stage of the process – from idea generation, to prototyping, construction, deployment, and testing. They were responsive to my needs and completed the work on time and on budget. OpenCraft knows edX inside out, both technically and organisationally. They are able to reach out to the right person when needed, which was invaluable to get features released on time for our edx.org courses.”
Bill Wisser, Sr. Director of Learning Technologies
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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“OpenCraft is fantastic to work with. From the beginning of our work together, they have been willing to explore ways we can customize our Open edX instance, making it fit to the (very specific) use case we have in mind. The high level of customization we’ve been able to achieve thanks to OpenCraft is critical to our ability to train policymakers around the world.”
Charlotte Tuminelli, Senior Training Manager
Harvard Kennedy School
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“OpenCraft developed two custom products for my team to expand the capabilities of the edX platform. Their performance and attention to customer satisfaction exceeded my expectations. Both tools performed the desired functions and were integrated seamlessly. I would definitely choose to work with OpenCraft again.”
Stefan Esposito, Instructional Development Manager
HarvardX
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“OpenCraft did a great job improving the Open edX platform to better meet our needs, and their working relationship with the edX community meant these changes were integrated into the latest Open edX release, so everyone could benefit. Additionally, they provided fantastic support on a very complex issue to a very tight deadline.”
Ethan Barden, MeriSTEM Project Coordinator
Australian National University
“OpenCraft took full responsibility for the code reviews and upstreaming process and led it on the highest professional level. OpenCraft’s work is professional, accurate, always on time and with a smile. They are true leaders of the Open Source community around the Open edX technology.”
Anna Lifshits Agmon, CTO
Campus-IL - Israel's National Project for Digital Learning
“OpenCraft has been an invaluable partner in making our vision for Cloudera OnDemand a reality. In my opinion, no other Open edX provider can rival OpenCraft's deep level of knowledge of the platform, or match their skill in customizing it.”
Rowan McVey, Former Program Manager
Cloudera
“We were looking for a partner who shared our values on open source, knew the Open edX community well, and would deliver high quality service. Opencraft did just that and more. Their service was rock solid and they were always willing to explore ways for the Open edX platform to provide more value to our university community. We could not have done it without them by our side.”
Michael Greene, Associate Director
Duke Learning Innovation, Duke University
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“Opencraft has matched all of our hosting needs, quickly and satisfactorily. This is a service we would recommend. Everything works great and there is always somebody on the other side of the email.”
Ramon Ovelar, Researcher
University of the Basque Country